Roderick Woodland has lived in The Kimberley all his life, as did his father. In the 1970s Digger’s Rest Station was abandoned land. There had been a few early attempts to run cattle on the land, beginning in the 1920s. In the early 1970s Roderick started working it, making improvements, and was granted a lease in 1976. He named the property Digger’s Rest Station in reference to local history. World War I return soldiers (also known as diggers) operated the nearby pumping station that supplied fresh water to the town of Wyndham. The old Digger’s Rest pumping station is located just 4 kilometres away on a large waterhole of the King River.
The horse trekking and trail rides originally known as ‘Kimberley Pursuits’ began in 1986. They came about from Roderick’s desire to preserve the experience and history of the stockmen, the cattle musters and the pioneering years of the Kimberley region. Cattle continue to be an important aspect of life on Digger’s Rest Station, and those who are keen to know what it’s all about can join in on the annual muster.
Since 1996 the pursuit has continued with Alida, and together they have built a solid reputation that brings guests back again and again.